The Peril of Self-Indulgence

Sermon from James 5:1-6 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on August 21, 2016

These are not easy words to hear. James continues his twin rebukes to rich people in particular. Today’s rebuke comes with a heavy emphasis on judgment, the condemnation of those living in self-indulgence. Let’s begin reading from verses 1-6… Continue reading

Spreading God’s Glory to the Next Generation Together

Sermon from Selected Texts by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Topic: A Theology for Ministry to Children
Delivered on August 14, 2016

Normally, we preach through books or specific passages in the Bible—we’ve been in James recently. But occasionally we break from that pattern and make observations from a number of Bible passages to equip you on a particular topic. This morning, we’re going to look at the theological foundation for ministry to children in the home and in this local church. I’ve titled it, Spreading God’s Glory to the Next Generation Together. Continue reading

Planning & Living according to The Lord’s Will

Sermon from James 4:13-17 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on August 7, 2016

With just a quick glance, you can see that the next two sections in this letter begin with the same call—verse 13, “Come now, you who say…” and then 5:1, “Come now, you rich.” The letter takes a slight shift in rhetoric at this point. These next two sections function like twin rebukes to arrogant rich people in particular. Continue reading

The Presumption & Idolatry of Harmful Speech

Sermon from James 4:11-12 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on July 31, 2016

Looming in the background of the current election is the FBI’s investigation of Hilary Clinton for using a private email server to handle classified information. The FBI accumulated evidence suggesting that Mrs. Clinton jeopardized our nation’s security. But what was so surprising for many was the FBI’s recommendation not to place on Mrs. Clinton any security or administrative sanctions. Continue reading

More Grace for those Walking Humbly with God

Sermon from James 4:5-10 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on July 24, 2016

If you had to summarize the Christian life, what would you say it’s all about? Perhaps you’re not a Christian, and you’ve come seeking to answer that very question, “What’s the Christian life all about?” Over the centuries, the church has used a phrase that sums up the Christian life rather well. It’s a Latin phrase—perhaps you’ve heard of it—coram Deo. It means “in the presence of God,” or “before the face of God.” Continue reading

The Heart of Conflict & The Hope of Grace

Sermon from James 4:1-6 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on July 10, 1017

We look today at the heart of conflict and the hope of God’s grace. Let’s read verses 1-6 and then pray together. Continue reading

Who Is Wise & Understanding?

Sermon from James 3:13-18 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on July 3, 2016

Who is wise and understanding? That’s the question of the day. And James, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, will give us God’s answer to that question. Let’s read it together beginning in verse 13 and pray. Continue reading

Taming the Tongue Requires a New Heart

Sermon on James 3:1-12 by Bret Rogers, Pastor
Series: James: Living the Implanted Word
Delivered on June 26, 2016

James 3, verses 1-12 today. It’s the longest discussion in the New Testament on the use of our tongue. Let’s read it together… Continue reading